The Great Southern Table Tennis Association has hit finals

CRACKING FOREHAND: The table tennis season has entered its finals series after starting in July.
CRACKING FOREHAND: The table tennis season has entered its finals series after starting in July.

The Great Southern Table Tennis Association was hindered early by COVID-19 like many local sporting competitions, but commenced their annual Winter competition in early July. A reduction of players meant six teams of six players were battling for the premiership.

The minor round of 10 games finished last week, with three teams based at the Port Elliot and one team from Inman Valley making the finals, which began with an elimination final and a qualifying final double header.

Inman Valley who had finished on top of the ladder took on Pt Elliot 2 for a birth in the grand final, but were soon in trouble, losing all but one first round singles and things got decidedly worse at the half way mark after the first round doubles, finding themselves 7 rubbers to 2 down.

Pt Elliot 2 knew they just had to split the second round of singles to secure the win and they duly saluted and added icing to the cake in the second round doubles, winning the night 12 rubbers to 6.

Pt Elliot 2's best players were Barbara Ferguson and Ian Morris, while Inman Valley were best served by Dale Jackson.

The elimination final was a much closer affair with Pt Elliot 4 defeating Pt Elliot 3 10 rubbers to 8. Pt Elliot 4 started strongly leading 4 rubbers to 2 after the first round of singles, but Pt Elliot 3 were only 1 rubber down at the half way mark.

Again, Pt Elliot 4 stretched out a small lead going into the final round of doubles, but Pt Elliot 3 couldn't be shaken with the result coming down to the last match where Pt Elliot 4 took the match and the win. Pt Elliot 4's best players were Marc Stringer and Chris Gorman Jnr, while Pt Elliot 3's John Harris was their best.

Next Monday night at the Pt Elliot Hall, Pt Elliot 4 take on Inman Valley for a birth in the grand final and this should be a close game with Pt Elliot 4 finding form at the right time of the season to progress through to the big finale. This contest will have a lot of spectator appeal with some great table tennis on showcase.

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